Visiting Biblical Places in Rome
Trip Start May 22, 2011
13Trip End Jun 03, 2011
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After we exited the Museum we wanted to go into St. Peter's Basilica. But the admittance line was literally a mile long with nearly 2,000 people in line! Our guide had given us a lot of information about it also, and we explored it on the outside, but the interior will have to wait until our next trip.
Next stop was the Basilica di San Paulo, which holds Paul's sarcophagus and the chains that bound him while he was in prison, both of which are on display. Paul is one of my favorite Biblical writers, so this was especially satisfying to me. And the church in his honor is amazing - very large, open spaces with probably 30 large, 30' tall columns.
A Metro across town and Madison and I stepped out of the station to the street. And there, right in front of us, was the Colosseo, larger than life. But our visit would have to wait a couple of hours because we were headed down the street to Mamertine Prison, which is where Paul and Peter were dropped through the 18" wide hole in the floor to their prison cell - dark, damp, chained to a center pillar with little water and food, before they were to be beheaded and crucified. Such a flood of emotion as we reflected on how important both men were to the church, yet how they were tortured.
Returning to the Colesseo we were ready for our scheduled tour, including the recently opened dungeons and 3rd level. Again, a magnificent work, especially when you think of the engineering behind it nearly 2,000 years ago.
Madison and I enjoyed our last Italian dinner before heading to the airport and our current adventure - sleeping in the airport! We have a 6:30 a.m. flight to Athens and there aren't any lodging options close to the airport that match our transportation needs so early. The airport is deserted, and it's clean so it shouldn't be a problem. But we'll find out in the morning .....